NICELY RESTORED FLEETWOOD, ADDED FRONT DISC BRAKES, 4 SPEED AUTO TRANS, NICE!
Big limousines have always been a big deal at Cadillac, and they don't come much bigger than this impressive 1947 Cadillac Series 75 Touring Sedan. A nice combination of originality and restored components, it's a big Full Classic with V8 power, lots of luxury, and room for the whole family. Not many post-war cars can compete with this one for sheer elegance on wheels.
Make no mistake, this is a truly mammoth car, but the proportions and particularly the swept-back windshield gives it a sleek '40s look that works quite well as a limousine. There's plenty of room, plenty of power, and a very impressive look. Of course, Cadillacs always look best in black, and the refinished sheetmetal on this big sedan looks suitably upscale and serious, with a great gloss and straight bodywork that shines up beautifully. The '47s were little changed from 1946, mostly because Cadillac was selling every single car they could build, even giants like this, and all the gleaming stainless and chrome trim is in very good condition. You'll also note that these were some of the very last cars to use running boards, which are handy steps that make getting in and out easy, even for ladies in formal attire.
Technically, this isn't a limousine, but rather a 7-passenger touring sedan, a distinction related to the lack of a divider window for the rear compartment. Nevertheless, the interior is sumptuous and well-appointed, using comfortable tan fabric on both the front and rear seats (the front seat was typically leather in limousines, since the chauffeur might be greasy), as well as on the two jump seats. It's correctly stitched in a pillow-tufted pattern and most of that wood you see inside is real wood, particularly on the window sills and wrapping around the back of the front seat back. The oversized steering wheel makes handling the big sedan easy and it's surprisingly light on its feet, particularly with the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission at work. A full array of gauges, an AM radio (sadly not functional) and even power windows are all the mark of a top-of-the-line car. Even the massive trunk is nicely finished with form-fitting carpets and a full-sized whitewall spare.
Cadillac's robust 346 cubic inch flathead V8 was the sole engine available in 1947, but it's a good one. With strong torque, proper gearing, and that slick Hydra-Matic transmission working for you, this car isn't as slow as you'd think and cruises easily at highway speeds. The engine starts easily and has a nice V8 burble from the single exhaust pipe out back and it's correctly detailed with green paint, cloth hoses, and an oil bath air cleaner up top. Thanks to duty in WWII in Sherman tanks, the powertrain is literally bulletproof and parts are readily available, so don't worry about hitting the road with this one. The front brakes have been upgraded to discs, so stopping power is rather impressive, but beyond that it's stock so it has a great 1940s feel. The undercarriage is quite original, but the lack of undercoating and serious issues suggest a long, healthy life someplace warm, and there's plenty of evidence that there's recent work on the mechanicals, including a rebuilt transmission. And no big Cadillac is complete without a set of wide whites, with these surrounding a set of handsome Cadillac "sombrero" hubcaps.
Perfect for a livery business (brides LOVE these big cars!) or for your next CCCA Caravan, this big Cadillac offers luxury the old fashioned way. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Bias Ply Tires
- Cloth Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Windows
- AM/FM Radio
- Owner's Manual
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